Domestic abuse – everyone’s business

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Story by Alison Higgins
Domestic abuse affects thousands of people across Sheffield every year. In 2016/17 Burngreave had the highest number of domestic abuse crimes reported to the police – 278 for the year. But we also know that most domestic abuse is unreported.

Domestic abuse takes many forms. You may be a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse from a spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, ex-partner or family member. You may be told what you can and can’t do or feel like you are always walking on eggshells. You may be worried about being forced into a marriage or being threatened because you are accused of bringing shame on your family. You may have grown up in a house with domestic abuse or you may be a child or young person living with it now.

Sheffield has an award winning Domestic Abuse Helpline, funded by Sheffield City Council and run by specialists Action, that can be contacted free, and in confidence, on the number opposite. Some staff speak community languages or telephone interpreting can be arranged. The helpline offers advice about support services and options for help with legal and housing issues, plus a wide range of other information. They can also just listen if that’s what you’d prefer. More information can be found at www.sheffielddact.org.uk

There is a new service for men and women who have been abusive, controlling or violent towards their partner. It combines learning and support tailored to an individual’s need. It is free for those who are motivated to make a change in their behaviour and to improve their relationships. See www.inspiretochange.co.uk for more.

Domestic Abuse Helpline:

  • 0808 808 2241
  • Call free and in confidence Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm and 9am – 5pm on weekends

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